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The Lake District features highly when it comes to great places within the UK to take a holiday. It provides the perfect place for nature lovers to get out and about, with so much to do and see. If you enjoy walking holidays, you can’t do better than spending some time enjoying all the Lake District has to offer.
The Lake District is packed with excellent walking opportunities. Finding peace, tranquillity and raw natural beauty is easy, with many hidden delights. Enjoy local cuisine and treats such as Kendal Mint Cake, providing much-needed sustenance throughout your walking holiday. As well as venturing to the lakes and natural beauty spots, many of the Lake District’s towns and villages offer unique shopping opportunities to enjoy a meal or buy souvenirs after a day visiting beauty spots and attractions.
Why take a walking holiday in The Lake District?
The Lake District offers a vast opportunity to explore on foot, with waterfalls, lakes, mountains and bridges at every turn, providing lasting memories, great photographs and conversation topics for many years.
When you need a place to rest a few nights, you will find hotels offering all you desire. Hotels such as central Keswick’s fabulous four-star Inn on the Square offer great dog-friendly accommodation for your walking companion to enjoy the delights of the Lake District.
Where to visit on your Lake District walking holiday
When it comes to planning what to see in the Lakes, here are some suggestions:
Kentmere Fells – near Kendal is recognised as the gateway to the Lake District, offering the perfect walk on your way into the wider Lake District. Some of the most remote and longest trails pass through various fells, passes and ridge walks. The extensive range of walking routes has something for athletes and wanderers alike.
- Castlerigg Stone Circle – offers amazing walking views as you head to and from the stone circle. This historical site of ancient ruins is truly enchanting.
- Ashness Bridge and Surprise View – A picturesque bridge combined with a hike up to Surprise View. Views over Derwentwater, Keswick and Bassenthwaite Lake, clifftop viewing at its best.
- Derwentwater – conveniently close to Keswick, is always worth a visit to enjoy walking amongst stunning scenery, flora and fauna.
- Aira Force Waterfall – one of the most romantic places to visit in the Lake District, it certainly is a beauty not to be missed. Part of The National Trust, there are woodland walks, high fells and ambles by the lakeshore to enjoy.
Planning & packing for your walking holiday
Now you’ve chosen the lakes as your destination, there are a few things you should consider when it comes to planning and packing. These include:
- Choose a central base for overnight stays and areas with circular walking are always a benefit.
- Check the physical ability required of walks before setting off to ensure you enjoy the experience safely
- Bring food and drink supplies to ensure you can re-energise when you need to.
- Choose walking spots with a variety of scenery and things to see. The Lake District is full of fantastic photo opportunities.
- Allow time. The area is so beautiful it is a shame to rush! Choose to stay a few days and enjoy the local hospitality and shopping as well as walking.
- Comfortable walking shoes – if you plan on walking over several days, it often helps to refresh feet with a change of shoes.
- Drinks and energy foods – whilst there are plenty of places to eat and drink, having a backup supply is essential.
- First Aid kit – plasters, hand wipes, and insect repellent and sun cream could be essential depending on the season.
- Breathable clothing – layering your clothes allows you to add or remove clothes as the temperature changes. Being alongside water or high up a mountain can mean that you need to change layers, so take enough choices with you.
- Top tech – A map, mobile phone, torch, spare bulb, plenty of batteries, and a camera are always a good idea.
Most of all, plan to have fun and enjoy all that the Lake District offers. Whilst it is a top-rated destination for walking holidays, there are plenty of opportunities to find peace and relax in the surroundings without being overcrowded whatever time of year you visit.